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Analyzing The Anomalous: Evan Turner vs. Boston

March 8, 2012 2 comments

Philadelphia is a cold city, only tolerant of athletes who consistently take advantage of the golden opportunity known as fame and fortune that’s placed at their feet. There is no pity, and certainly no forgiveness. Philadelphia sports fans hold a powerful voice, capable of convincing an underdog he’s so much more before he actually is, while simultaneously crippling a superstar into fearing a trip to his nearest McDonald’s drive-thru. They bankrupt the soul’s of their players by smothering them with support, and when those “heroes” stop producing, there damn well better be a good explanation.

When Philadelphia struck oil with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the expectation was they’d receive a franchise lifting presence. Someone who could lead this basketball team where Andre Iguodala could not, and, dare I utter such blasphemy, pick up where the statue-justifying talent Allen Iverson left off.

Instead, they got Evan Turner. A player who’s not so great at anything, but OK at some stuff, and below average at the rest. His handle is impressive, yet loose. His jumper has yet to leave Ohio. A few days ago, legend had it that Turner’s lack of production had a mysterious explanation. Some didn’t care for the alien excuse, and instead just wanted the 23-year-old gone forever. The frustration Doug Collins, and by extension Philadelphia’s basketball fans, has experienced with Turner lies in his nondescript style. He’s a bench guy who every now and again will hit double figures and offer decent energy, yet barely leave an imprint on the game. Supporters will point to both his youth and the system he was drafted into as legitimate reasons why he’s yet to explode, and to be fair they’re half right. But after watching Turner play, and getting a little feel for the way he operates as the moving part on a team-oriented basketball team, you begin to ask yourself what exactly his ceiling is? Can he ever make an All-Star team? Does he need the ball in his hands to be successful? How does someone drafted second overall in the NBA draft look so ordinary each and every game?

In a way, a lot of perceptions shifted last night. Turner—fresh into the starting lineup after Jodie Meeks decided making shots was no longer something that interested him—slew the Green Celtic Dragon that’s caused so much 76er bloodshed these last four years. It was a remarkable performance for a player who’s so far been solid, if unspectacular in 117 NBA games. But of course, the question Philly fans began asking 10 minutes after the final buzzer was a semi-impressed, Can he do it again? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.   Read more…

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Shook Ankles: When A Buckeye Challenges A Golden Eagle, Everyone Wins!

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are two impressive crossover clips. One from much earlier in the year and the other taking place just last night. There’s really no question which is more impressive (Wade on Turner), came in a bigger spot (Wade on Turner), or had a larger audience to stand and applaud (Wade on Turner), but this is to be expected. Props to the rookie for standing in there and taking his proverbial hazing. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of this battle.

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